Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Page Count: 400 pages
Madeline Usher is doomed.
She has spent her life fighting fate, and she thought she was succeeding. Until she woke up in a coffin.
Ushers die young. Ushers are cursed. Ushers can never leave their house, a house that haunts and is haunted, a house that almost seems to have a mind of its own. Madeline’s life—revealed through short bursts of memory—has hinged around her desperate plan to escape, to save herself and her brother. Her only chance lies in destroying the house.
In the end, can Madeline keep her own sanity and bring the house down? The Fall is a literary psychological thriller, reimagining Edgar Allan Poe’s classic The Fall of the House of Usher.
After reading this book, the only conclusion that makes sense to me is I have been deceived.
The author played with my emotions, my sanity, and my decision making.
It starts out with the main character, Madeline, who is eighteen at that time and she’s buried alive. Then it tells her story from age nine-nineteen. Madeline is an Usher and Ushers teen to die young, cursed, and have a haunted house. She desperately wants to escape from it with her twin brother Rodrick but the house has a mind of its own.
When I first read it, it was somewhat bumpy. Like it didn’t really flow. Like some books, there’s alternating point of views, in this book instead of alternating POVs, there’s alternating ages. Like in one chapter, Madeline is age eleven and the next page is age fifteen and then another chapter she’s age ten. It wasn’t until maybe 20% in where the flow started to get better and the story really starts.
This is a retelling of Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, The Fall of the House of Usher. I have not read it so I didn’t know what was going to happen or how it was going to end. Let’s just say a little after half of the book, I was very deceived. Like maybe a lot. It was a twist I did not expect to happen.
Definitely a psychological thriller that will keep you reading ‘till the end. Really recommend it.
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